Mayor of McCollum Street

I was recently appointed the Mayor of McCollum Street by my neighbor Erik. I wasn’t sure why I received this great honor. I got a little introspective.

My first thought was the Little Free Library. It’s very popular.

These boys posed for me.

So cute. But Jeez, look at those messy books. It’s my job to keep it neat.

Oh, by the way, somebody stole those chairs.

Maybe It’s my grapes. We had a good crop a year ago and I shared them. I was popular that day. I gave away a lot of lemons, too.

Maybe it’s the happy hour? We’ve been hosting a monthly cocktail party on the block for the past two years. It was making John a little grumpy, so I discontinued it this year. Not only does my Johnny miss it, so do the neighbors. They want it back.

Hmmm, if I’m the mayor, it’s a tax deduction, right?

Maybe it’s my other fabulous parties, the preservations, the pies, the chocolates, the Nibbles & Sips.

Wow, I impress myself!

Looks like I do my mayoral duties on McCollum Street with great fervor!

There’s one more thing I started, and I think it’s why I won the unofficial title.

One of our neighbor families is having a time with cancer and she asked if I could do meal deliveries. I said no, I don’t do that.

Then I put together the friendliest, biggest hearted people on the block and we cook for this family every three weeks.

They are so grateful, and we feel good, too. It feels so helpful to deliver them homemade meals, made lovingly on the block.

 It only takes a couple of hours. We drink some wine and have a little supper ourselves.

We have a graphic designer in our cooking crew.

So, I decided I’m gonna own it.

 Feel free to call me mayor when you see me on McCollum Street.

 Life is limitless.

Make It & Take It 2018

Ten years later, we know how it’s done.

This year, we were ready, steady, GO TIME, WOW!

Rachel really rocks the house. I treated her to a massage this year, before the party. That was very smart of me.

That’s just one station, we have about six pre-set, and we can always throw another one together.

Sometimes, if there are a lot of kids we do a low station.

There are always a lot of kids.

Joseph has been coming for YEARS.  He saw the  mini M&M’s in the reach-in and of course, they went on his fudge pie!

Most of the regulars were there, and lots of pals from the Silverlake Music  Conservatory.


Zach and Ericka always launch their holiday season with a little pie-making. Vegan, of course.

There was a nice steady flow all day. The pace was perfect.

We only lost one pie, and then we found it!

Lot’s of first-timer, too! There’s nothing like your first pie!

My party favors were on point!  The ginger liqueur was the most popular, with pickled cranberries and chocolate cashew butter a close second.

Lunch was delicious. Our of all the many recipes we serve, I love the old school chicken Marbella the most, the yummiest.

Of course, the serious bakers always request early baking slots so they can work in a clean kitchen, and have a little extra time.


Look at these happy sisters. It warms my heart.

Megan convinced all her girl crew climbing team to come have some fun in the kitchen. I think they’ll all be back next year!

Elise the Magnificent was there from We Adorn You.

It wouldn’t be a party without her!

The old time string band, Echo Mountain, was such a wonderful addition. Kelly played the first Make it & Take It in 2008!

All in all, the best ever, of course!

You should come next year, it’s always the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

See you there!